© Frances Michaels
Birds mainly cause problems in the garden when they compete for the fruit harvest, although some species of
bird can cause a much wider range of difficulties for the gardener. For the very difficult cases such as
bower birds or brush turkeys complete exclusion may be the only solution.
Suggested Organic Strategies
Birdscare Flash Tape
Bird Control Net
- Generally bird netting or bagging the fruit is sufficient to protect the harvest from small fruit
eating birds. Some nets are easier to use than others, but using a framework structure, over the tree or
vine, makes the job of getting the net on and off again, at the end of the season, a lot easier. Taking
care with net removal and storing out of the sunlight, will prolong its life.
- Always try to have the net or bags in place before the damage begins. Once a bird starts to enjoy
your crop, it is a lot harder getting them to stop.
- If your nerves can stand it, some gardeners have a lot of success with rubber snakes in the tree
branches. Tie them down well so a kookaburra can't make off with them!